- Local Guide
Vonnie G. (Finke) Martin, 70, of 1201 W. High St., was called home while surrounded by loved ones in the home of her daughter at 11:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, 2013.
It was the end of a rapid and progressive battle of cancer but a new beginning of pain-free eternal happiness and where she shall wait for her loved ones.
Vonnie was born on March 14, 1943, the daughter of Clifford and Rosabelle Finke. Her father, Clifford, preceded her in 1983. Her mother Rosabelle lives in St. Marys. She was a Memorial High School graduate in the class of 1961, where she played in the band.
Vonnie was the mother of Paige C. (Rick) Canfield, and Paul S. Martin.
Her two children were more than a blessing for her and were loved so deeply.
Vonnie was the grandmother of two very special grandsons that fulfilled her life in so many ways; these two boys made her life complete, Tyler L. Hartsock and Noah M. Hartsock; she also had three step-grandsons, Ryan, John and Peter Canfield.
Her former husband is Rodney Martin of Avon Park, Fla.
The love that Vonnie had for her kids, her son-in-law and grandkids was very special and tender in so many ways.
Her life was her family, friends and her love for the Lord.
Vonnie was the sister to three siblings, Terry (Joyce) Finke, of Celina; Jeanne (Chuck) McMullen, of Beavercreek; and Eve (Ron) Compton of St. Marys. Her former brothers-in-law are Joe and Gerald Martin.
The love that Vonnie had for her brother and two sisters was very kind and yet very deep.
She was also the aunt of several nieces and nephews, which meant the world to her as well. Vonnie also was survived by many close friends that she adored and loved sharing time with.
She also was survived by her Boston terrier, Otis which she loved very much.
Vonalee was preceded in death by her father, Clifford Finke, grandparents, Noah and Caroline Finke, and Floyd and Laura Boyer, a nephew, Jason Martin, her beloved pet Rhett and many close friends.
Vonnie retired from Huffy Bicycle Company in Celina in 1995 after working on the assembly line. While at Huffy, she gained many good friendships with many people she worked with.
Vonalee was a very active member of the St. Paul’s United Church congregation in St. Marys where she was a lifelong member. She helped prepare the funeral dinners, and dinners for the breaking bread committee.
She also was involved with the group of ladies which sew the lap robes, the Women’s Guild. She was a past deacon and Sunday school teacher. Vonnie’s love and faith for the Lord was very strong and close to her heart. She will be missed by many who have truly loved her.
One of the most rewarding ventures Vonnie was involved with was the historical dig behind the bowling alley in St. Marys.
This is where she and several others found many artifacts that were collected and stored at the St. Marys Historical Society Museum.
She was very knowledgeable with the history of St. Marys and enjoyed sharing her personal and learned knowledge along with her collection of artifacts with the youngsters at West Elementary each spring.
For many years she was an active member of the Tri-Square dance club.
She enjoyed the many friendships she acquired in other clubs of interest such as OCCL, church circle and many different card clubs, Red Hat club at Avon Park, Fla., bowling league and scout leader years ago. The friendships that were gained from many from her winters in Florida were very much cherished and loved.
Vonnie enjoyed hobbies such as sewing, crocheting, Swedish weaving, playing cards, watching movies with friends, day trips, reading had always been a passion of hers and gardening. Her most rewarding time had always been being a mother and grandmother.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Miller Brothers Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road, Ohio 703 West Chapel, in St. Marys.
Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may go to the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Women’s Guild and the scholarship fund, and to Grand Lake Hospice.
Online condolences may be expressed via MillerFuneralHomes.net